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House OKs Election Day Voter Registration

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The House of Representatives voted Monday night to approve a bill that would allow eligible people to register to vote and cast their ballot on Election Day.

House members discussed the legislation for more than five hours before voting. It now moves to the Senate.

“Passage of this legislation demonstrates Connecticut’s commitment to fair, accessible elections, and I applaud the House for their action on this bill,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. “Using the technology we have available to preserve the integrity of our elections, expand access to the ballot box, and improve participation in the public process will allow our democracy flourish.”

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who also issued a statement praising the House’s vote, said the bill would allow eligible Connecticut residents with a driver’s license to register to vote from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.

Democratic Rep. Russell Morin, the co-chairman of the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, said there has been a small increase in voter participation in the nine states and the District of Columbia where Election Day registration has been allowed.

But numerous Republican lawmakers expressed concern about potential fraud. Rep. Dan Carter said he believed the bill could allow out-of-state college students to vote twice.

Under the bill, an applicant must declare under oath that they have not previously voted in the election. They must submit identification that shows a bona fide residential address.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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